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A 46-year-old member asked:

I can shake my eyes back and forth at a rapid pace, not like nystagmus, but sometimes it's involuntary. is this normal?

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Dr. Daniel Gradin
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Yes: Up to 8% of college age students (about 1 out of 10) were able to produce "voluntary nystagmus" in one study, and most of them had a relative who could do the same thing. It usually doesn't indicate any other eye problem. If it happens involuntarily, you should see your eye md for an exam.
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